© 2018 The Texas Lawbook. By Martha Buttry Daniels of King & Spalding (June 14) – Most litigation comes with the burden of document review. While not the sexiest
© 2018 The Texas Lawbook. By Allen Pusey (June 12) – A lawsuit for business disparagement against Dallas hedge fund Hayman Capital and its manager, J. Kyle Bass, will continue
A state court in Fort Worth has denied requests by Chesapeake Exploration and Total E&P USA to dismiss claims in multidistrict litigation brought by North Texas mineral interest owners over “sham” transactions tied to royalty payments. The ruling continues a widespread rebellion by mineral rights owners who claim the Oklahoma City energy giant cheated them on royalty payments. Details in The Texas Lawbook
The 80-year-old scion of a Dallas oil and gas production company has sued the owners of Restland Cemetery for allowing the removal of his parents’ remains to another cemetery without his consent. The suit, though filed against Restland, evolved from a long-simmer business dispute between Dorfman and his late brother’s children. Natalie Posgate has the vivid details.
DBJ: Lawsuit Alleges Fraud by Toyota Music Factory Developer, Seeks to Block Payment of $44M From Irving
Dallas attorney Larry Friedman filed a lawsuit Wednesday attempting to block the North Carolina-based developer of the Toyota Music Factory from receiving $44 million in public money. Friedman filed on behalf of an Irving taxpayer advocacy group, alleging that Charlotte-based ARK Group cut corners during construction to gain certificates of occupancy by certain deadlines. Bill Hethcott of The Dallas Business Journal has the story.
SCOTX last week ruled in yet another dispute pitting the plain language of oil and gas leases against the variable technology of the industry. In a 5-4 decision, the court ruled that the Fourth Court of Appeals erred when it imputed a more stringent requirement for the placement an offset well in the Eagle Ford Shale than either the actual lease or the realities of horizontal drilling allowed. The Texas Lawbook has the details.
(June 4) – When James Ho left the Dallas office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in January to become a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, he left a huge vacancy in the firm’s appellate practice. Turns out the firm didn’t have to look that far to replace him. Meet the other half of a couple some call “legal royalty” in Texas appellate law.
(May 31) – The Texas Supreme Court tried to simplify its earlier rulings on oil and gas titles with a remarkably simple principle: a new lease supplants an old lease unless the new lease says it doesn’t. The ruling is bad news for TRO-X L.P., who sought to collect from Anadarko on a “back-in” option in a lease long-since transferred. The Texas Lawbook has the details.
The 25-page opinion, written by Justice Jason Boatright, rejected all 15 issues raised on appeal by the Choctaw, including their argument that federal law should preempt state common-law claims involving a federally-licensed motor carrier.
He knows trademark infringement. She speaks fluent Mandarin. Together they make the rounds at trade shows looking for illegal knock-offs of their clients’ products with the aim of friendly persuasion. Say “Ni Hao” to Bruce Patterson and Nan Carr, two lawyers with an unusual approach to their IP practice and a track record of sometimes surprising success. Natalie Posgate has the story.